Senior Robotics Specialist


White Plains, US


Accountable for the daily management and coordination of NYPA’s overall operations, including: Overseeing, monitoring, and evaluating the operational performance; directing the preparation of operating budgets and proposals for capital expenditure and investments in infrastructure, technology, equipment, systems, or other assets and resources; analyzing and approving operational investments that best meet the organization's business needs.

Accountable for oversight and operations of Robotics program including but not limited to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Responsible for long term strategies for Robotics and operations, manage all Robotics procedures, and policies, identify new opportunities to apply or embed robotics across the organization, implement robotics change management and training programs and work with Industry to contribute to the development and regulations around Robotics for utility sector. Ensures all personnel and operations are in adherence and compliance with NYPA guidelines, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, and federal, state, and local laws. #LI-VB1


  • Develop and manage NYPA's Robotics program and related projects, aligning it with organizational goals, safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Provide end-to-end support for issues to perform triage, open tickets, and utilize UAS knowledge to resolve drone flight and any supporting software platform issues reported by Operators. Document problems including steps taken, diagnostic results, and escalation and repair information.
  • Oversee a team of UAS operators and trainers, conducting advanced training sessions and supervising field operations.
  • Assist with enhancing and creating new Robotics Processes and procedures.
  • Assist with testing UAS hardware and software to aid in evaluating and developing product, software, and firmware releases.
  • Analyze trouble tickets and maintenance logs and identify trends leading to canceled and interrupted missions including weather, policy, software and firmware defects, hardware deficiencies, and training opportunities.
  • Developing new use cases around NYPA using different robotics technologies.
  • Oversee inventory management of robotic and related equipment across NYPA sites. Facilitate RMA, maintenance, and inventory management processes.
  • Contribute to the development of robotic related software applications, providing expertise in user acceptance testing and system improvements.
  • Engage in STEM outreach programs, promoting the use of robotic in educational and community initiatives.
  • Regularly identify and review UAS technologies to help inform senior leadership of options, and to help lay out a strategic approach for growing BVLOS and air domain awareness capabilities. Make recommendations for acquisition and system integration.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and operational familiarity with Mobile Robotics and Drone technologies, regulations and procedures.
  • Strong knowledge and/or experience in: Robotics (including Drones), Control Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Navigation, Wireless Technologies, Sensors
  • Familiarity with software platform development processes, particularly related to drone missions and data management.
  • Experience or technical understanding of electrical, mechanical and software engineering concepts.
  • Strong analytical, automation, and software development skills are also essential for this role.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, able to work effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders for training, change management.
  • Strong ability to consume and manipulate large data sets and articulate its business impact.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering Degree preferred) , Military experience in either aviation or UAS technical fields, with a strong focus on utility applications or an additional 4 years of directly related experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in robotics or computer systems.
  • Active FAA Part 107 License and security clearance.
  • Experience in BVLOS operations or with other entities supporting FAA UAS integration efforts (e.g., FAA test sites, centers of excellence, Integration Pilot Program partners, etc.) preferred.
  • Previous experience in a Utility industry or similar organization is preferred.

Physical Requirements

Approximately 40% travel, primarily within NYS

The New York Power Authority is committed to providing fair, competitive, and market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is: $97,720.00  - $134,360.00. The salary offered will be determined based on the successful candidates’ relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.


The New York Power Authority and Canal Corporation believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents and veterans to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, NYPA/Canals is committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect communities across New York and enthusiastically serve them. We proudly celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race/color, creed/religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, disability, military status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy and related conditions, familial/marital status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, arrest/criminal conviction record or any other category protected by law. 
NYPA/Canals will also provide reasonable accommodations during the hiring process related to candidates’ disabilities, pregnancy-related conditions, religious observances/practices and/or domestic violence concerns.  To request an accommodation, please email 

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